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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Newswise Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Wire


This special edition of the Newswise Wires provides up-to-date news and experts on the developing coronavirus outbreak known as COVID-19.

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Media Invited to Ask Qs - COVID-19 Update, May 14, 2020

A Panel of Experts will discuss: Drug trails and the latest on remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine studies, reports of possible vaccine progress, treating COVID in the ICU, public health policy and research on how the pandemic is progressing, can we safely “re-open,” what interventions have worked, which have not, and what still needs to be done 

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This live event will also be recorded and transcribed for use by media and communicators after it is concluded.


EMBARGOED COVID-19 RESEARCH: Patients Improve After Heart Cell Therapy

Four of six critically ill COVID-19 (coronavirus) patients significantly improved after receiving an experimental therapeutic designed to reduce inflammation, a major cause of death from this disease, according to a case series published by Cedars-Si...

– Cedars-Sinai

Basic Research in Cardiology

Embargo expired on 12-May-2020 at 07:00 ET

Innovative Communication System Protects Health Professionals TreatingInfectious Disease Patients

Physician-scientists have developed a communication management system built on a telemedicine platform that can help minimize the exposure of health care professionals to highly infectious diseases while still providing personalized patient care, acc...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Keeping your eyes healthy during the coronavirus pandemic

Experts from UAB’s School of Optometry and UAB Callahan Eye Hospital and Clinics provide guidance for keeping your eyes safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Testing suggests 3% of NHS hospital staff may be unknowingly infected with coronavirus

Hospital staff could be carrying SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease, without realising they are infected, according to a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

– University of Cambridge


COVID-19: Don't Stop Taking Your Medications

With the pandemic disrupting our everyday lives, routine errands have become challenging for seniors and others who run a high-risk of developing a serious COVID-19 infection. But there's one routine they should not let lapse: refilling medications. ...

– Cedars-Sinai

Cancer Doesn't Wait: Seek Care for Symptoms

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most people aren't hesitating to call their physicians when they experience coronavirus symptoms, but cancer symptoms are not creating the same sense of urgency for medical help. Cedars-Sinai experts encourage anyone who...

– Cedars-Sinai

Work-family balance upended by global pandemic

The striking parallels between Colonial America and Coronavirus America reveal the cyclical nature of work-family life, according to Professor Bahira Sherif Trask, who teaches courses on the history and diversity of American families at the Universi...

Expert Available

– University of Delaware

Supply chain challenges to remain as states start to reopen

A supply chain expert expects some hiccups as states start to reopen and supply chains slowly rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. Scott Grawe says the uncertainty that led to shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at the start of this pan...

Expert Available

– Iowa State University


Steep Decline in Organ Transplants Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

France and the United States have experienced a tremendous reduction in the number of organ donations and transplant procedures since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. By early April, transplant centers in both countries were conducting far fewer d...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The Lancet

Embargo expired on 11-May-2020 at 18:30 ET

Paid Sick Leave a Crucial Weapon During COVID-19 Era and Beyond, UCLA Study Finds

Note: Embargoed until 8 a.m. PDT Monday, May 11, 2020. Paid Sick Leave a Crucial Weapon During COVID-19 Era and Beyond, UCLA Study Finds. A UCLA analysis of policies in 193 countries shows that gaps in coverage for ill workers put nations’ health ...

– UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Global Public Health

Embargo expired on 11-May-2020 at 05:15 ET

Children Face Risk for Severe Complications and Death from COVID-19

Children, teens and young adults are at greater risk for severe complications from COVID-19 than previously thought and those with underlying health conditions are at even greater risk, according to a study coauthored by a Rutgers researcher. The...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

JAMA Pediatrics

Embargo expired on 11-May-2020 at 11:10 ET

State actions played lesser role in COVID-19 economic damage

Actions by state governments to try to limit the spread of COVID-19 played only a secondary role in the historic spike in U.S. unemployment in March, according to new research.

– Ohio State University

National Bureau of Economic Research

University of Kentucky Researchers Leading Study of COVID-19 Immunity

University of Kentucky researchers have launched antibody testing that will help to understand what immunity to COVID-19 really means.

– University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Launches Clinical Trial to Evaluate New Treatments for COVID-19

Clinical leaders from the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center, College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy have launched a clinical trial for experimental therapies to treat patients infected with COVID-19.

– University of Kentucky

People Who Felt Knowledgeable About COVID-19 at Time of OutbreakMore Likely to Report Positive Mood

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Assistant Professor Haiyang Yang finds in a new study that people who perceived themselves as knowledgeable about COVID-19 – regardless of the actual amount of their knowledge – experienced more happiness durin...

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Psychiatry Research

U.S. social distancing stabilized, but did not reduce, spread

A statistical analysis of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., found that social distancing measures effectively slowed the spread of coronavirus on the whole, but did not reduce the number of new infections per day.

– Cornell University


Young men most likely to break lockdown rules, mental health study shows

More than half of young men aged 19-24 have breached the UK’s lockdown rules by meeting with a group of friends, according to a study showing they are far less compliant than other young people.

– University of Sheffield

Covid-19 Psychological Research Consortium

COVID-19 lockdowns significantly impacting global air quality

Levels of two major air pollutants have been drastically reduced since lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant - ground-level ozone - has increased in China, according to new research.

– American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Geophysical Research Letters

Imaging reveals bowel abnormalities in patients with COVID-19

Patients with COVID-19 can have bowel abnormalities, including ischemia, according to a new study published today in the journal Radiology.

– Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)


COVID-19 places added prenatal stress on mother and child that could have lasting impact

An international consortium of researchers has identified particular sources of prenatal stress, as experienced by mothers, that have a direct effect on a child's subsequent mental health.

– McGill University

Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

UT Dallas Response Lab Projects Add New Dimension To Help COVID-19 Fight

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have designed and 3D-printed a critical ventilator part and are working to manufacture testing swabs and personal protective equipment (PPE) in a campus lab mobilized to address potential supply shortages due...

– University of Texas at Dallas

ORNL's advanced manufacturing innovation helps industry in COVID-19 fight

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using their materials science, fiber production and additive manufacturing expertise and cap...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Planting seeds for a safe and healthy society

A new West Virginia University research collaborative is working to address the many challenging conditions facing the state and Appalachia.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Why Restarting the Global Economy Won’t be Easy

As the world contemplates ending a massive lockdown implemented in response to COVID-19, Vinod Singhal is considering what will happen when the engines that drive industry and trade squeal back to life again.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

APHA issues rallying cry over mental health in midst of COVID-19 pandemic

APHA sounds alarm over mental health amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

Rutgers School of Public Health Students Team up with New Jersey Poison Center’s COVID-19 Hotline

To meet the growing demand for qualified individuals to staff the hotline, NJPIES - which is part of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School - recruited and trained volunteers from throughout Rutgers, including the Rutgers School of Public Health, the stat...

– Rutgers School of Public Health

How high school seniors can navigate uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic

Angela Stowe, Ph.D., has advice for students leaving high school, and those about to start college, on bringing closure to their K-12 experience and preparing to move forward with their lives.For high school seniors bound for college, the COVID-19 pa...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest – COVID-19 Special Edition

A monthly roundup of research briefs showcasing recent scientific advances led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center faculty.

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Which Operations Can Restart First? New Guide Could Help Hospitals Decide

As hospitals across the country start to return to doing non-emergency operations that keep their beds full and their books balanced, they need to think carefully about what resources each of those procedures will need as the pandemic continues. A ne...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Air pollution, racial disparities and COVID-19 mortality

The combination of higher exposure to air pollution and pre-existing health disparities is contributing to higher mortality among minority populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts at Cincinnati Children's.

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, May-2020

Canadian study finds temperature, latitude not associated with COVID-19 spread

Temperature and latitude do not appear to be associated with the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a study of many countries published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

– Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Stroke evaluations drop by nearly 40% during COVID-19 pandemic

A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that stroke evaluations fell by nearly 40% during a period of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that many stroke patients are not seeking potentially life-saving medical tre...

– Washington University in St. Louis

New England Journal of Medicine, May-2020

New antigen test for detecting COVID-19 could help triage patients during the pandemic

One of the most important tools in stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is rapid, reliable and relatively cheap diagnostic testing at the point of care. Scientists in Europe recently evaluated the frontline capabilities of a comm...

– Frontiers

Frontiers in Medicine

Houston Methodist researchers find telling clues in virus genes from COVID-19 patients

Houston Methodist released gene sequencing results from the first strains of the virus causing COVID-19 disease in Houston. Results reveal multiple introductions of SARS-CoV-2 into Houston followed by rapid community spread. No evidence was found of ...

– Houston Methodist

bioRxiv, May 3, 2020; AI146771-01; AI139369-01; AI127521; 75N93019C00076; HR0011937807

FDA Approves First At-Home Saliva Collection Test for Coronavirus

Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics received an amended emergency use authorization from the FDA late Thursday for the first SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus test that will allow people to collect their own saliva at home and send to a lab for results. The dec...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

New Data-Driven Approach for Communities At Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

A Maryland Taskforce on Vulnerable Populations for COVID-19 this week began implementing a data-driven approach to identifying communities and individuals at highest risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19. They are using this data and mapping to guid...

– LifeBridge Health

FAMU-FSU Researcher Awarded NSF Funding for Covid-19 Impact on Municipal Solid Waste Management Facilities

A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to examine waste-management system-related challenges in the pandemic environment across several states.

– Florida State University

Mother & Son Partner with Doctors & Yogis to Create Mental Health and Yoga Documentary Amidst COVID-19

A mother and son duo partnered with medical and yoga experts to produce Your Brain on Yoga, a documentary to raise mental health awareness during COVID-19 benefitting Mental Health America, the largest and oldest mental health organization in the wor...

– Yoga Pose

Cornell College professor pivots quickly to teach COVID-19 course

When Cornell College made the decision to offer distance learning to protect its students and faculty from COVID-19, Biology Professor Barbara Christie-Pope began to rethink her Block 8 class.

– Cornell College

World’s X-ray facilities team up to battle COVID-19

A group of the world’s best X-ray science facilities has developed a strategy for cooperatively combating COVID-19.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Food Security During COVID-19: How do we avoid green eggs and ham?

During the last month, I have heard several comments along the lines of, “I went to the grocery store to buy chicken and there wasn’t any.

Expert Available

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Addressing Real and Perceived Risks Associated with COVID-19

There are two major drivers of perceived risks. The first one is dreadfulness. Seeing images of coffins in Italy, Spain and the U.S., overwhelmed hospital wards, people we know and famous people with severe health issues all send messages of dreadful...

Expert Available

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

How do we address the risk associated with pathogens?

In order to assess the risk associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus responsible for COVID-19, we follow the quantitative microbial risk assessment process.

Expert Available

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)


Survey: 85 Percent of Endodontic Practices Open for Emergency Patients Amid COVID-19

The American Association of Endodontists – the 8,000-plus-member association representing dental specialists known as endodontists – announced the results of a recent member survey on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

– American Association of Endodontists (AAE)

Immunity of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Could Cut Risk of Expanding Economic Activity

New modeling of coronavirus behavior suggests that an intervention strategy based on shield immunity could reduce the risk of allowing the higher levels of human interaction needed to support expanded economic activity.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature Medicine; SCOPE Award ID 329108; W911NF1910384; 1R01AI46592-01; 1806606

Loyola Medicine Neurologist Calls for Broad Changes in Stroke Care During COVID-19

Broad modifications to current standards for treating acute stroke patients during the COVID-19 pandemic may be needed to preserve health care resources, limit disease spread and ensure optimal care, according to a Loyola Medicine neurologist. ...

– Loyola Medicine

Key failings in government's approach to COVID-19 preparations and emergency response

The UK government made key failings in their strategic preparations and emergency response to coronavirus and this, in turn, undermined the NHS's ability to cope with the crisis.

– City University London

Journal of Risk Research

Middle Age May Be Much More Stressful Now Than in the '90s

If life feels more stressful now than it did a few decades ago, you're not alone. Even before the novel coronavirus started sweeping the globe, a new study found that life may be more stressful now than it was in the 1990s.

– Penn State University

American Psychologist

Schools turn to Cornell College’s block plan during pandemic

As one of only a few colleges in the country teaching on a block plan, Iowa’s Cornell College is acting as a resource for other schools as they struggle to adapt to unpredictable scenarios during a pandemic.

– Cornell College

Stroke Doctors Establish Best Practices to Protect Against COVID-19

To keep patients and health-care providers safe from COVID-19, while providing urgent treatment to stroke patients, extra precautions must be taken, according to new guidelines published in the journal Stroke.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Smartphone-based automated contact tracing: Is it possible to balance privacy, accuracy and security?

UAB professor, Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., explains the context of contact tracing and how it will help the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Notre Dame researchers to study wastewater, focus on short-term forecasts in response to pandemic

Alex Perkins and Kyle Bibby are looking at short-term forecasts of potential infection and are monitoring spread of the coronavirus in wastewater.

– University of Notre Dame

KU Cancer Center pivots to protect patients and trial participants amidst pandemic

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is helping fight the pandemic in numerous ways.

– University of Kansas Cancer Center

Sandia tests distillery’s hand sanitizer developed to address severe shortage

Distillery-developed hand sanitizer is leaving a New Mexico warehouse as quickly as it disappeared from grocery stores after Sandia National Laboratories helped confirm the product meets all federal requirements for distribution.

Expert Available

– Sandia National Laboratories

Policy and Public Affairs

Coalition of bone health experts issue joint guidance on managing osteoporosis in the COVID-19 era

The Endocrine Society joined a coalition of leading bone health organizations to release guidance for healthcare professionals treating patients with osteoporosis in the era of COVID-19.

– Endocrine Society

Bioethicist calls out unproven and unlicensed 'stem cell treatments' for COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third month, businesses in the United States are marketing unlicensed and unproven stem-cell-based "therapies" and exosome products that claim to prevent or treat the disease. In Cell Stem Cell on May 5, bioethicis...

– Cell Press

Cell Stem Cell


Sanford Burnham Prebys to develop broad-spectrum antivirals with $10 million Department of Defense grant

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is pleased to announce that Sumit Chanda, Ph.D., has received a $10.2 million, four-year grant from the Department of Defense to develop and advance broad-spectrum antivirals for respiratory diseases...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Embargo expired on 12-May-2020 at 08:00 ET

Newswise Live Expert Panel for May 14, 2020: Vaccine and Treatment Leaders for COVID-19

Topic detailed version: Drug trails and the latest on remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine studies, reports of possible vaccine progress, treating COVID in the ICU, public health policy and research on how the pandemic is progressing, can we safely “r...

– Newswise

ATS COVID-19 Crisis Fund Receives $100,000 Donation from Gilead Sciences, Inc.

May 11, 2020 -- Today, the American Thoracic Society announced a $100,000 donation from Gilead Sciences, Inc. to support the ATS COVID-19 Crisis Fund. This donation from Gilead is the latest in a highly appreciated increase in funding support from in...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

FIELDING FOCUS | Public Health in a Pandemic: COVID-19 & Wellness and Healthy Living

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has launched FIELDING FOCUS, a webinar discussion series that has begun with weekly curated conversations addressing public health and COVID-19. In past sessions, we have explored the impact that the current ...

– UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins and Bloomberg Philanthropies, with New York State, Launch Online Course to Train Army of Contact Tracers to Slow Spread of COVID-19

With the urgent need to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with Bloomberg Philanthropies, today launched a free online course to help train a new cadre of contact tracers to reach and assist people expo...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Launches Free COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis Course

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice, has developed a free COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis course, available to join now on leading social learning platform, Fut...

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Mount Sinai Works With Google Nest to Help Patients With COVID-19

A New Nest Camera Console Enhances Safety of Patients and Staff; Reduces PPE Demands

– Mount Sinai Health System

Fred Hutch and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance awarded Bank of America grant for COVID-19 relief efforts

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and its clinical-care partner, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, announced today the organizations are receiving a $500,000 grant from Bank of America for COVID-19 relief.

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Tu Foundation gives $2.5 million to UCI to support COVID-19 patient care, research

Irvine, Calif., May 11, 2020 — A $2.5 million gift from the John and Mary Tu Foundation to the University of California, Irvine is supporting COVID-19-associated patient care at UCI Health and advance clinical and translational research across camp...

– University of California, Irvine

Fred Hutch and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance awarded Bank of America grant for COVID-19 relief efforts

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and its clinical-care partner, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, announced today the organizations are receiving a $500,000 grant from Bank of America for COVID-19 relief.

– Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Expert Pitch

Dear Parents: You Aren’t Perfect & That’s Just Fine

– McLean Hospital

Jason Pogue: Operation Warp Speed targets a COVID-19 vaccine by January; much still unknown

– University of Michigan

Orthopaedic surgeons available to comment on the impact of COVID-19 on postponed elective surgery, the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries during a pandemic, and how patients can safely ease into outdoor activities after social distancing

– American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Rutgers Economist Available to Discuss Stress on Housing Market

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Billions of people could be invisible in COVID-19 contract tracing efforts utilizing smartphone apps

– West Virginia University

Contact tracing a ‘tried-and-true tool’ for public health

– Cornell University

COVID-19 Pandemic Spotlights Greater Need for Telehealth Training

– University of Kentucky

Preparing Pets for Post-Quarantine Life

– Cornell University

Expert offers tips for family staycation at home this summer

– Virginia Tech

Healthcare systems remain vulnerable to cybersecurity threats during COVID-19

– Virginia Tech

FSU Faculty gives insight on mindful eating during COVID-19 

– Florida State University

Has COVID-19 changed U.S. Supreme Court dynamics?

– University of Utah

New York unemployment rate likely to surpass 13%

– Cornell University

For Mother’s Day, the gift of compassion: UW psychology professor on celebrating parenthood during a pandemic

– University of Washington

Rutgers Expert Discusses How COVID-19 Causes Strokes in Otherwise Healthy Adults

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Kawasaki Disease, the Rare Children’s Condition Possibly Linked to COVID-19

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Cornell College (IA) President Jonathan Brand is available to discuss block plan schedules, which many colleges are exploring as this pandemic continues. Cornell adopted a block schedule 42 years ago.

– Cornell College

Rutgers Experts on #COVID19Disparities in Unemployment

– Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)


What the United States and Other Countries Can Expect Based on the Italian Experience

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Diseases of the Colon & Rectum: June 2020 - Volume 63 - Issue 6 - p 720-722

Leading the Way in Innovative Research for COVID-19 Patients

– Cleveland Clinic





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